A bridge as long as the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge needs regular maintenance. This means that the DOTD has to shut down parts of the bridge to do this. This may cause headaches for the daily commute, but they’re essential for the safety of the drivers. GoTechDaily.com reported on a planned rehabilitation project for the bridge that will require some partial shutdowns.
The deck area of the bridge between the Whiskey Bay exit to mileage marker 125 needs replacement after an accident in August last year. A vehicle fire has caused the surface concrete to break up. The bridge is structurally sound, but the damage will cause problems later if it is not repaired.
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Gibson & Associates, a road contractor, will grind down the surface and replace it. This process will take 10 days, from January 17 to January 27th, weather permitting. On the weekends, there will be one-way blockades that will require a detour via LA 415 to US 190 to I-49 and then back to I-10 to get around.
During the work week, please take care near the construction zone. Avoid speeding and watch for road workers. There is little room to maneuver on the bridge and one mistake can be fatal. Stay safe out there!
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